Architours 2015 | 26 Sep Sat | PM

By Singapore Institute of Architects & The Architectural Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore

A staple at Archifest, the Architours afford an in-depth look at buildings in our city, with newly curated journeys aimed to inspire visitors as they explore note-worthy architectural projects in Singapore. Some of the tours are led by the architects themselves, what a treat!


NTU Learning Hub:

(Photo by Hufton and Crow)

Yale-NUS College:

(Photo by Albert Kim K S)

The Cranes:


NTU Learning Hub

Architect: CPG Consultants

The Hive is envisioned as a showcase for modern methods of learning and teaching, fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and social awareness.

Stemming from NTU’s ‘flipped classroom’ pedagogy, 56 circular smart rooms are without corners, fronts or backs, breaking the master-servant relationship in traditional classrooms. These rooms cluster around a central atrium with generous corridor doubling as informal study areas, encouraging interaction and collaboration.

To rationalise the organic form of the building, modular construction is redefined. The use of pigmented concrete in structure is a first in Singapore.

Key environmental features include the self-shading architectural form, the fan-less passive displacement air-conditioning system, low wall-to-window ratio and bare finishes, achieving Green Mark Platinum.

Employing groundbreaking solutions in sustainability, modular construction and use of materials, this project is emblematic of ambitions to push the frontiers of learning and sustainability, taking higher education in Singapore to greater heights.

Yale-NUS College

Architect: Forum Architects Pte Ltd in collaboration with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The design of Yale-NUS College focuses on place making for an integrated living-learning liberal arts environment. Drawing from the traditional courtyard campus typology of Yale University in New Haven and tropical living in Singapore, Yale-NUS blends the architecture of towers with the typology of low-rise courtyards. The result is three residential colleges occupying a panoply of campus low-rise buildings with distinct and articulated roof-scapes organized around interlocking courtyards and punctuated by five slender towers of varying heights.

Thirty student neighbourhoods are stacked in the five towers and share a sky garden, a modern interpretation of Yale’s famous stairway entrance portal. Each residential college is identified by its own courtyard with a unique landscape design. Inter-mixing of classrooms, faculty housing, faculty offices, dining halls and student butteries, all deliberately programmed on the lower floors, create a variegated experience characteristic of the Yale brand of liberal arts education.

Yale-NUS’s campus green draws from the ‘genius loci’ of the place as defined by cascading undulating topography with six existing heritage trees. Pleasantly shaded loggia, footpaths, and courtyards mitigate the twelve metre change of level and allow the water to drain naturally into an eco-pond via lush bioswales. Lush variegated planting coupled with covered outdoor social spaces turn the campus green into a learning arboretum.

The Cranes

Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

The Cranes is a multi-shophouse project with a unifying design concept that revolves around the idea of community and is inspired by the diverse Joo Chiat neighbourhood. The client, having lived in Joo Chiat for much of his life, wanted to create something akin to a neighbourhood within a house that was at the same time a reinterpretation of a multi-generational family house. While each apartment is ultimately a self-contained, private space, various communal spaces are placed strategically throughout The Cranes to encourage spontaneous, organic interaction. Even the residential units are configured for different types of residents, allowing varying levels of privacy and social activity, based on the residents’ personalities. This is a thoughtful re-imagination of Joo Chiat that portrays the many facets of the neighbourhood with equal parts nostalgia and re-invention while staying true to the pursuit for human connection.

Sale of tickets will close 4 days before tour date, or until sold out.

Tour timing is subject to change.

For student attendees, please present a valid Student Pass for verification on the tour day.

Please note that AM and PM tours have overlapping timing. If you wish to attend both tours on the same day, you may have to miss the last project of the AM tour, or the first project of the PM tour. Please arrange connecting transportation on your own. Thank you.

Start/End Venue: Archifest 2015 Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road

Meeting Time: Please meet the tour leader at least 15 mins before the start of the tour

Attire: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes

Weatherproof equipment (recommended): Hat, Cap, Sunnies and Umbrella

About Archifest 2015 | www.archifest.sg

Archifest 2015 returns from 25 Sep to 10 Oct 2015, to celebrate architecture and the built environment. The annual festival provides a platform for all walks of life to discuss, debate and deliberate architectural issues. Participants will find themselves engaging in uninhibited dialogue, creative collaborations and a constant exchange of ideas.

Into its 9th edition, the Archifest hopes to start energetic conversations with the public and among professionals, about Singapore's future spaces and environment . With the theme "What Future?", we hope that everyone will be inspired to observe, reflect and contemplate on their aspirations for their own future. Because, the future cannot be served to you, you can and should, build your own.

Visit the Archifest Festival Village as part of Architour to participate in the “What Future?” discussion!

About Architours

The highly anticipated Architours returns at Archifest 2015, with newly curated journeys aimed to inspire tour visitors as they visit award winning as well as unique buildings in Singapore. Some of the locations will be guided by the architects who built them!

The Singapore Institute of Architects and the Architecture Society (TAS) of National University of Singapore looks forward to presenting yet another inspiring series of Architours, held over two weekends of Archifest 2015. LIKE us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/archifest) for updates on the tours!

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Indemnity: By buying and participating in the Architours, you are deemed to fully accepted all SIA/Archifest/Architours’s terms and conditions. If you do not agree with the terms, please do not buy the tickets and do not join the tours.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold SIA and its affiliates, and their respective staffs, owners, agents, information providers and licensors (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by any Indemnified Party in connection with any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Responsibility: SIA has designed these tours for your pleasure and enjoyment and has attempted to select for you the best transportation facilities for the prices charged. SIA, however, does not own or operate any of the services and assumes no responsibility for delays, losses or accidents or for damage to persons or property caused by any person, firm or corporation or other legal entity providing the transportation services (including but not limited to transfer and sightseeing), or any other service incident to these tours. SIA reserves the right to make any changes with or without notice, that may become necessary, with the understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the passenger. SIA also reserves the right to terminate tour services for any participants at any time for good cause. SIA cannot be held responsible for any mistake that might occur in typography or printing.

Smoking/Liquor: Smoking is not allowed on the coach or within the project sites. The consumption of liquor is prohibited on the Architours.

Moving bus policy: Passengers are reminded that they should remain in their seats while bus is in motion for their safety. Passengers understand that to walk or stand can be hazardous due to sudden stops, braking or uneven road surfaces that can cause passengers to fall and injure themselves and/or others around them.

Right to Refuse Service: If the participant’s conduct aboard the Tours is so as to endanger the bus or any person or property on board, or obstructs the crew in the performance of their duties, or fails to comply with any instruction of the crew, or behaves in a manner to which other passengers may reasonably object, the organiser may take such measures as it deems necessary to prevent continuation of such conduct, including restraint and/or eject you from the Tour without refund.

Refund policy: No refunds due to equipment (bus) breakdown or mechanical failure or for events. There is no refund for no-shows.

Seating Arrangements: Free-seating arrangement.

Accident or Loss: Participants are to take care of their personal belongings while travelling at all times. SIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience, or direct or consequential loss, however caused.

Jurisdiction: These conditions shall in all aspects, be governed by the law of Singapore.

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Sat Sep 26, 2015
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Archifest Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
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5 mins from Outram Park Station (EW16/ NE3)
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